On beautiful days, my husband and I like to wander around the beautiful grounds of the Adelaide Botanic Garden and enjoy an afternoon snack at the cafe, or take a stroll through the numerous exotic gardens. I absolutely love flowers and there is nothing better than seeing this beautifully designed garden of gardens in the middle of the city!
Located off North Terrace, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is easily accessible by foot or car. If nothing else, Adelaide is a well-designed city – the Garden boasts a massive 50 hectares of land. Founded in 1855 and officially opened in 1857, the Adelaide Botanic Garden today is made up of several displays including the International Rose Garden, the Palm House, the Bicentennial Conservatory, the SA Water Mediterranean garden and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion, just to name a few.
We entered today from the Conservatory Gate, located on Plane Tree Drive, seen below with plenty of shaded parking (metred). By the way, if you keep going along this road and you’ll come to Adelaide Zoo.
M: Malaysia will probably look like this won’t it?
G: Yeah, the view to the airport looked exactly like this.
M: Yeah, except probably not with hanging baskets, haha!
When you walk around the corner of the cafe, you will come to what is arguably the most interesting display, the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion. These waterlilies are pretty grotesque, but very clever. The flowers open only at night and attract scarab beetles to it – the next morning when the flower closes up, the beetles are trapped inside, allowing them to help pollinate the lilies.
In the mean time, here is a slideshow of some beautiful flowers I saw in the gardens today. Gorgeous!
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